Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease putting individuals at risk for damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves and an increased risk of strokes. The good news is type 2 diabetes can be prevented, or at the very least delayed for years.
For those at risk for diabetes, have prediabetes, have borderline diabetes, have a higher blood sugar, had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, or are overweight and active less than three times per week there is something available to help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes..
The Centers for Disease Control and the National Diabetes Prevention Program have developed a program shown to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%. No pill can do that.
The program helps people learn how to make lifestyle changes to prevent the disease. It is not just a diet, or just exercise. It is a course of 14 weekly sessions and then six monthly follow-up sessions with a trained lifestyle coach for one hour. The sessions are free but the program requires a big commitment to make personal changes and attend the sessions for one year.
This program is coming to Logan County and will start on May 7, 2013, 5:30 p.m., on the Logan campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. In addition to the college the course is being sponsored by the Logan County Diabetes Coalition and the Diabetes Center at Marshall University.
Anise Nash, a nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator, will be leading the class. To register for this life changing program, call Anise at 304 691-1660.